Open lecture: Maria Eriksson Baaz

Welcome to the open lecture Research ethics and security for whom and for what? Reflections on the limitations of current trends and debates with Maria Eriksson Baaz, Professor of Political Science at Uppsala University.

Questions around research ethics as well as in/security in research have received increased attention in war studies in recent years. Yet, such debates tend to be reductionist, focusing only on certain subjects and relations: researchers and research subjects.

The talk draws upon a recently completed research project addressing the role and situation of the locally based facilitating researchers, who are often labelled ‘research assistants’, ‘fixers’ or ‘brokers’, who make research in war zones possible.

As will be demonstrated, facilitating researchers perform an increasingly indispensable yet little acknowledged role. Moreover, the relationship between them and the researchers who contract them for work is often marked by rampant inequalities in visibility/authorship, remuneration, working conditions and access to basic security.

While the focus of the talk will be on field based research in war zones, including its gendered and racialized dimensions, it will also address wider ethical issues, including the increasing legalization and bureaucratization of research ethics visible in the Swedish context, as well as elsewhere globally.

The lecture is organized by the Gender, Peace and Security research group and the Critical War Studies reseach group at the Swedish Defence University.

Maria Eriksson Baaz's bio

Maria Eriksson Baaz is Professor in International Relations at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. She has extensive research experience in war studies, including areas such as civil-military relations in conflict and post-conflict settings; conflict related sexual violence; gender and the military and army reform in post-conflict settings.

Recent years her research has focused on questions around methodology and ethics in war studies and she has also served on various research ethics boards. She is the author of several articles and books, such as Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War?, with Maria Stern, which received the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) book prize in 2015.

More information about the event

Date: Apr 04, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Classroom 2000 SEDU or Zoom